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Optoma W304M Review: 3100 lumens and just 3.3 lbs

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Street Price: n/a
3D: Full HD 3D
Weight: 3.3 lbs
Aspect Ratio:16:10
Lens:1.2x manual
Lens Shift:No
Lamp Life:4,000 Hrs
5,000 (eco)
Lamp Cost:$99.00
Warranty:2 year
Connectors:  Composite, VGA In, HDMI 1.4a, Audio Out, Audio In, USB
Video Formats:  480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p/60, 576i, 576p

If you've been considering buying an LED-based, 500-lumen projector because you need the portability, but you've hesitated because of the low brightness, the Optoma W304M may be the alternative you've been looking for. It weighs just a few ounces more than those LED-based models, at 3.3 pounds, but it boasts a 3100-lumen rating, making it a light canon by comparison.

Built around a standard lamp and a DLP chip, the W304M offers the same 1280x800 native resolution as typical LED-based portable projectors. That makes it appropriate for most common business use, from a PowerPoint presentation to moderately large sections of spreadsheets or documents when you need the text to be readable.

Even better, along with brightness and resolution, the W304M delivers excellent data image quality. And although its lamp isn't meant to last the life of the projector, as with LED-based models, it's rated for up to 5000 hours in Eco mode, which is longer than many projectors offer. Just as important, it's only a small step up in price compared with its LED-based, 500-lumen competition, at $849 street. That makes it light, bright, and affordable too.

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Jerry Hyde Posted Sep 17, 2014 10:59 AM PST
More a question than a comment, I am highly sensitive to the DLP artifacts in earlier projectors. I wonder if improvement has been made to the point that people like me would not see it??? I am interested in an Optoma W304M, but am concerned about this..

Thanks, Jerry
Bill Livolsi Posted Sep 18, 2014 10:04 AM PST

I assume you're talking about rainbows. DLP business projectors still use 2x speed color wheels more often than not. If you know you are sensitive to rainbows, either try out a DLP designed for home theater (they usually have faster color wheels) or buy a projector that uses LCD or LCoS (which have no rainbows).

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